The Wizard's Map
by Jane Yolen
This first book of the Tartan Magic trilogy begins with three American children
arriving in Scotland for a family visit. Older siblings Peter and Jennifer -
twins who couldn't be less alike - may be surprised to find their mother's
hometown stuffed with real magic, but three-year-old Molly isn't surprised
Unfortunately, it is Molly who discovers a map belonging to the evil
sorcerer Michael Scot. Though they scarcely believe that magic is real, the
twins realize that it is up to them - mostly, up to Jennifer - to save their
sister, and their whole family, from a wizard who needs only the map to
unleash his terrible power on the world.
Yolen pays out her yarn in rapid, lean, no-nonsense style, while at the same time
filling the imagination with threatening woods, strange creatures, spooky
apparitions, and a family's love - particularly the love between close twin
siblings who are, just now, really beginning to grow apart. Learn from my
mistake, however. Don't let yourself get caught up in the momentum before
you can secure the remaining two books of the trilogy: The Pictish Child and
The Bagpiper's Ghost.
Recommended Age: 10+
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